The Ford Transit Connect (passenger)
The minivan that could have been
The first encounter
The truck was dressed in UPS Brown, as was the driver and he was making deliveries in the small town at of all places for mice, a bread store.. However because it was different, immediately it caught my attention..
Fast forward a few years..
Even though the van is simple, it is still extremely comfortable, and handles very competently for vehicle of this size..
Interior upgrades are current Ford design language
Traveling down the highway in solitude will never be the same again.
In passenger versions, seats fold away to offer a cavernous interior
Rear doors open either as a liftgate or as a clamshell
Recently it has been reported that Ford's twin turbocharged engines, most with about 40 to 45,000 miles on them, have been reported to start stalling. The stalling has mostly been reported to happen in traffic situations at stop lights while the engine is warm. This is reportedly stemming from an excess amount of carbon building up in the twin turbo engine, keeping the motor from properly breathing.. Now the truth is that they need to have a damn recall so that they can fix this problem. Instead Ford has decided to do a study of all the twin turbo motor complaints, which is damn near everything they produce and sell today, and work on a fix for future products. Now quite frankly This is some bullshit and is plainly for PR, as they clearly do not want to have the recall status in the news that is currently plaguing General Motors products..
Ford also still has major problems that are still plaguing their transmissions.. They have also had no recalls in order to rectify or address that matter and until they do, I for one will be steering clear of Ford products.. consumer reports .. (sorry new Pony)
It is a damn shame though because in today's market this is a great buy that has lots of space, and can comfortably travel long distances with 20 to 30% less fuel burned than in most other five to seven passenger vehicles.. My concern is always after the warranty, then what?
If you are looking for minivan that you can buy cheap with 5 to 7 seats for your family with leather, rear climate control, powered liftgate, upgraded footrests, AWD, power sliding door and a theater package in the rear, you may as well keep shopping because this is not your minivan. It offers none of that stuff.. It's literally straight out in Europe with basic European creature comforts which means an engine, a/c, heat, transmission, hard plastics, comfortably bolstered cloth seats, excellent ride characteristics, very good handling and exceptional fuel economy.. It is also incredibly good looking with a very solid and no frills design.. Hmm? Who would have thought that in a world of $40,000 mini vans, someone would come along and win out the day with inexpensive, simplicity. Well, not me.. But I'm damn sure glad someone did..
Till next time this is Dre', reminding you as always to keep your hands on the wheel and your feet on the gas.. Be safe and thanks again for reading… Deuces..!!